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Founders Backwoods Bastard - Founders Brewing Company

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5,356 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,356
Reviews: 1,428
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 672
Gots: 1,557 | FT: 144
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Scotch Ale aged in bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: CortexBomb on 01-30-2007)
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

beertardis, Mar 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark reddish-brown body with a rather small, fleeting, off-white head.

Smell: A sturdy, sweet-scented caramel maltiness with a hint of maple. Oh, and with a rich, distinct bourbon barrel aroma, but you already knew that, right?

Taste: Sweet, sugary caramel maltiness with an added dose of maple syrup. Small touch of fruit. Full, punchy bourbon barrel tastes of vanilla and toasted oak wood. Light tannic astringency. Earthy hops with a medium amount of bitterness. Pleasingly sweet, bourbony finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Lightly sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Oh, it's quite good. Potent, sure, but good! If ever anyone has some extra bottles of Backwoods Bastard they're looking to get rid of count me in.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 29, 2008
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

TCaldwell, Aug 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Thecasehead, Apr 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured a hazy mahogany with a bit of light tan head. It smelled like sweet nutty malt with lots of bourbon and oak, along with some rich caramel and a bit of copper. It tasted like lots of bourbon and oak, with some sweet caramel and nutty malt and cooking vanilla and maple syrup, and a bit of bready yeast. It was slightly thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this was a very powerful beer loaded with bourbon and oak. Nicely done flavor and good body, but it was a bit much to drink freely so I was happier sipping. Age might help tame this beast. In the end, I enjoyed this beer, but it seemed more like a variation on Dirty Bastard, rather than a true improvement.

Pencible, Dec 01, 2009
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Dag48, Mar 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

BeerForMuscle, May 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

ZinFanDave, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

DrStiffington, Dec 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Paul3371, Nov 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

mythaeus, Aug 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

mattparsons, Jan 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Cubatobaco, Jan 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Zaximus, Nov 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

MaximumYuks, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Dtrain4, Dec 29, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

TARDIS, Jan 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - One finger of light brown head on top of a slightly hazy, amber-brown body. The foam settle quickly to a thin layer and leaves moderate lace.

S - Sweet caramel malt that blends with, and becomes indistinguishable from, bourbon barrel aromas of oak, coconut, cherries, and booze. Lots of burnt sugar notes with a little bit of pine sap character.

T - Strong, thick malt up front with toffee, caramel, and brown sugar notes. The bourbon character comes in fast and hard with a lot of spicy alcohol notes and more complex, dark sugars. The finish is spicy and alcoholic with a strong, phenolic smoke note that brings out a lot of the woody, boozy, harshness of the bourbon. Lingering notes of smoke, char, brown sugar, and pine sap stick to the back of the tongue.

M - Moderately thick body, low carbonation, and an only slightly sweet finish with some alcoholic warmth working its way down my throat to settle in the pit of my stomach.

D - I expected something big, round, sweet, and bourbon like, but what I got is something far leaner and meaner than one would expect from a scotch ale. There is a lot of phenolic smoke character in this beer, either from abused yeast or from peat, and it does some strange things when it meets the bourbon. The phenolics seem to bring out a lot of the boozy and astringent qualities of the whiskey that are usually not present in barrel aged beers; combine this with the relative dryness of this brew, and the fact that it is not at all shy about its 10% abv, and you have a weirdly convincing bourbon beer. I'm still not quite sure what I think about this one. It has managed to capture a lot of the harsher qualities of distilled spirits that I prefer not to see in a beer; on the other hand, I have to respect the fact that they have brewed what I can only regard as the liquid equivalent of the grizzled, scotch-irish mountain man that graces the label of the bottle. This is quite a unique beer, and while I won't be rushing out to buy another one, I am certainly grateful for the opportunity to try it.

nickfl, Dec 08, 2009
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

trev120, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: deep dark brownish color..almost black with a tannish head

Smell: of whiskey and also coffee...the whiskey smell is great very sweet and nice

Taste: of whiskey...i love it its wonderful..also you get hints of chocolate and caramel and ends with a nice coffee taste...its just a great complex beer

Mouthfeel: was very smooth and warms you up great...and nice aftertaste with the coffee

Drinkability: not very high but great to have 2or3 of these puppies awesome beer

this beer is definitely worth a try...if your a whiskey drinker you will love this beer ...i sure did

eagles22, Dec 06, 2008
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

oglmcdgl, Jan 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

TheCuriograph, Oct 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

buddyvelt, Dec 24, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%

jordanmiller, Dec 01, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Backwards Bastard is a fine brew from my friends at Founders. Nice frothy head out of the tap, beautiful bourbon aroma/taste with hints of oak, malt, caramel, toffee, and vanilla. With a mix like that who could not like this!!! Mouthfeel is refreshing and satisfying, sip after sip.
Drink up and enjoy!

thequeen711, Mar 26, 2009
Founders Backwoods Bastard from Founders Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 5,356 ratings.